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Cambridge is a historic city in England in, that is famous for being home to University of Cambridge, one of the leading academic institutions not only in the the UK, but in the entire world. As of the 2001 census, Cambridge had a population of 108,863 people, including 22,153 students.

Visitors to Cambridge can see the many historic colleges, walk along the river Cam, or take a punt (flat-bottomed bottom pushed along with a pole) on the "backs" (the area behind the colleges). There are also several fairs held annually in Cambridge, including the Cambridge Beer Festival (in May), the Midsummer Fair, the Strawberry Fair (first Saturday in June), the Cambridge Film Festival (in July), and the Cambridge Folk Festival.


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Here are some facts about Cambridge:
  1. Cambridge is a city in the East Anglia region of England.

  2. Cambridge is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the North of London.

  3. Cambridge is located on, and its gets name from, the River Cam.

  4. Cambridge is best-known internationally, and in the UK, for being the home of the University of Cambridge, which is one of the top universities in the world.

  5. Cambridge is also known for its high technology, computer, and software industries (many of which were founded by people associated with the university). As a result, the area is sometimes nicknamed "silicon fen".

  6. Parker's Piece, a 25 acre (100,000 m2) green space near the center of Cambridge, is widely regarded as the birthplace of assocation football (soccer), as it was here that the Cambridge Rules of 1848 were first used. The Cambridge Rules subsequently became the basis of the modern rules of soccer, when these were drawn up by the football association in 1863.

  7. Cambridge can be accessed by road using the M11 motorway, and the A14.

  8. Nonstop trains run regularly from Cambridge to London Kings Cross, and have a journey time of less than one hour.

  9. London Stansted Airport is within easy reach of Cambridge. It can be reached by train (from Cambridge or London), or by road, as it is located just off the M11 motorway between London and Cambridge.

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By Tim Rawle

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•An unusual and highly individual approach to the city, merging sprawling aerial shots with close-up and intimate studies of people, buildings, and interiors
•Each photograph bears the unmistakable stamp of Tim Rawle, an internationally acclaimed photographer for his Cambridge portfolio.

Cambridge is a city of contrasts. Both a small market town in the east of England and the home of an ancient university of world renown, it is at once provincial and universal in its appeal, local and international in outlook. But what made this place in a remote corner of England so attractive to those who first settled there? How did Town and Gown grow up together? How did Cambridge evolve into the bustling, university city it is today?

In the first part of this book, Tim Rawle gives a survey of the city's history from its very beginnings, with an underlying architectural viewpoint. A special section on the evolving layout of the university's colleges completes the story and shows how they have shaped the Cambridge townscape over the last 700 years. This colorful book overflows with a stunning collection of photographs taken by the author, who lives in Cambridge.

Rick Steves Great Britain

By Rick Steves

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Explore the misty isle of Great Britain, from lively London to the lush fields of Wales and the craggy beauty of the Scottish Highlands. With Rick Steves on your side, Great Britain can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Great Britain you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring England, Wales, and Scotland
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from Stonehenge and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to local distilleries and corner pubs
  • How to connect with culture: Try homemade haggis, catch a show in SoHo, or chat with friendly locals in a cozy Welsh tavern
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a pint
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
  • Detailed maps for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on London, Windsor, Cambridge, Bath, Glastonbury, Wells, Avebury, Stonehenge, Salisbury, South Wales, The Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ironbridge Gorge, Liverpool, the Lake District, York, Durham and Northeast England, Conwy, Caernarfon, Snowdonia National Park, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St. Andrews, Oban and the Inner Hebrides, Glencoe and Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness, and more
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Fodor's England 2016: with the Best of Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)

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Released: 2015-12-08
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

With its irresistible mix of storied heritage and cosmopolitan pizzazz, England attracts more than 3 million Americans each year. Fodor's England captures the most memorable sights and experiences in dazzling color, from fabulous historic houses and age-mellowed towns to cozy country pubs and London's cutting-edge galleries.

This travel guide includes:

· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information

· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks

· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path

· In-depth breakout features on The Tower of London, Stonehenge, and English gardens

· Major sights such as Yorkshire Dales, Brighton and Its Seafront, Bath, Stonehenge and Avebury, Hadrian's Wall, London, Oxford and Cambridge, Coastal Cornwall, Cotswold Villages, and Lake District

· Coverage of: London; The Southeast; The South; The West Country; The Thames Valley; Bath and the Cotswolds; Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England; Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District; The Lake District; East Anglia; Yorkshire; The Northeast; Wales

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